Economic Growth, Climate Action Can Be Achieved Together, Global Commission Says
With the simultaneous release of a major report in New York, Oslo, and Addis Ababa September 16, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate set out “compelling evidence” that economic growth and action on climate change can be achieved together. The report “refutes the idea that we must choose between fighting climate change or growing the world’s economy. That is a false dilemma,” said Commission Chair Felipe Calderón, the former President of Mexico. “Today’s report shows how technological and structural change are driving new opportunities to improve growth, create jobs, boost company profits, and spur economic development.” In the lead-up to the UN climate summit in New York next week, the Commission published a 10-point plan to guide the US$90 trillion in investment in cities, land use, and energy infrastructure that will take place over the next 15 years.